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New Year’s Day Music Byte

Boston's "First Night" celebration.

U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The group consists of Bono (vocals and rhythm guitar), The EdgeAdam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). (guitar, keyboards, and vocals),

The band formed at secondary school in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed to Island Records and released their debut album. By the mid-1980s, they had become a top international act. They were more successful as a live act than they were at selling records, until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree, which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”. Their 1991 album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour were a musical and thematic reinvention for the band. Reacting to their own sense of musical stagnation and a late-1980s critical backlash, U2 incorporated dance music and alternative rock into their sound and performances, replacing their earnest image with a more ironic tone. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s. Since 2000, U2 have pursued a more conventional sound, while maintaining influences from their previous musical explorations.

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the most critically and commercially successful groups in popular music. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and they have sold more than 145 million records In 2005, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine listed U2 at #22 in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE Campaign, Product Red, and Bono’s DATA campaign.

New Year’s Day”  is the third track from their 1983 album War and it was released as the album’s lead single in January 1983. Written about the PolishSolidarity movement, “New Year’s Day” is driven by Adam Clayton’s distinctive bassline and The Edge’s keyboard playing. It was the band’s first UK hit single, peaking at #10 on the singles chart, #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and charting on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in their career. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Please enjoy this video clip of U2 performing “New Year’s Day”. Oh, and let’s go Boston Bruins!!!


Sarah Palin 2010: Second Place Is For Losers

One tiring thing about the end of every year is those endless annual lists. You know, “The 10 Best (insert something here) of 2009” or “The 10 Most (insert an adjective here) People of 2009”. How about every single radio station on earth’s “Top 500 Songs of All Time” ? Please give us a break!

That being said, we noticed one interesting end of year poll published this week. This was the USA Today/Gallup Poll released yesterday which named the “Most Admired of 2009”. The results of this particular poll reassured us that at the very least, the majority of Americans can choose a person with admirable personal qualities and place that person at the top of a list. As expected, many of the runner-ups are quite questionable but at least those persons at the top of each list are worthy of the title. Let’s take a look.

The most admired man is President Barack Obama who received 30% of the total vote. OK, that is easy to understand and defend in that he was elected in a landslide vote and is the leader of the free world. Things get a little koo-koo after that however. For instance, how could second place go to George W. Bush who was arguably the worst president in the history of our nation and who left office with a favorability rating in the low 20’s? Bush only received a meager 4% of the vote, but still? Even more startling was Glenn Beck’s fourth place showing with 2% of the vote. What sorry 2% of the American population actually admires that uneducated,  self-admittedly drug-addled, racist, cry-baby? Are Bush and Beck really deserving of more admiration than the Pope?

The most admired woman section of the poll was strikingly similar. It is heartening to realize that the majority of Americans recognize Hillary Clinton’s admirable qualities of decades-long public service and perseverance and consequently voted her into the top spot on the list with 16% of the vote. It is equally heartbreaking however, to realize that 15% of Americans deem Sarah Palin, the former ex-quitting governor of Alaska to be an admirable person. Honestly, what has the quitting, unemployed, uneducated, language challenged non-author ever done to be admired?

At Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off we believe that there is a  lesson to be learned from this poll. That lesson is that thankfully, the majority of people in this nation can think coherently and act accordingly, but there is a sizable and dangerous minority that lacks those qualities and consequently can be led like sheep to follow misguided leaders into effectuating foolish policy. Let us make it our New Year’s resolution to do whatever we can to enlighten those in the uninformed minority in the hope that more of our countrymen (and women) can participate more intelligently in the political process in the year and years to come.

NHL WINTER CLASSIC AT FENWAY PARK TODAY AT 1:00PM EST ON NBC

The big game is today. Check out this terrific photo of the Boston Bruins sporting their Winter Classic uniforms. The special uniform was not just some willy-nilly design. It has true historical significance. The Boston Bruins have won 5 Stanley Cups since their formation in 1924 (1928-29, 1938-39, 1940-41, 1969-70 and 1971-72). The uniform pays tribute to each of the decades in which championships were won. The traditional black of the uniform has been replaced with the brown that was worn during Eddie Shore’s roaring 20’s. The main gold of the jersey recreates the predominant gold worn during the 1930’s. The spoked “B” chest emblem has been modified to the style worn during the Bruins’ 25th season in 1948-49. Finally, the laced collar of the jersey is reminiscent of the Bobby Orr 1970’s. The Bruins are one of the “original six” NHL franchises and the team’s brass did a wonderful job of honoring the team’s tradition.

The opposing team for today’s game is the Philadelphia Flyers. They will be wearing a throwback uniform from 1974-1976, the two seasons when they won the Stanley Cup.


SPECIAL MESSAGE

Before we send you along to today’s song parody, Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off would like to thank all of you Rocketeers for stopping by the blog this year. Your comments and suggestions have not only been helpful in supplying subject matter for the songs, but they have also provided the incentive to carry on with this time consuming blogging experiment which started on May 13, 2009. We owe a special debt of gratitude to the folks over at The Mudflats (themudflats.net) because they not only initially suggested that we start this blog, but they also helped this technology challenged novice to get it up and running. Once again, thanks to all of you and we hope that you and your families and friends have a happy and healthy new year.

Now let’s get back to the fun!!!

Happy New Year to all you Rockateers !!!

In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below so as to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s New Year’s song parody.

Auld Lang Syne song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acxnmaVTlZA&feature=related

OLD LAME WHINE

(sung to the Traditional song “Auld Lang Syne”)

Hope our acquaintance we forget
And never bring to mind
She has no patience nor a thought
Just Palin’s old lame whine

Just an old lame whine, my dear
Just an old lame whine
Palin is not done whining yet
She has an old lame whine

Pay no attention to what she says
And you will be quite fine
She’ll pout and lie and pitch a fit
And continue to whine

Sarah Palin has failed to learn
Earning an honest dime
And nobody will trust her word
‘Cept ol’ Thomas Van Flein

Just an old lame whine, my dear
Just an old lame whine
Palin is not done whining yet
She has an old lame whine

(musical interlude)

Surrounded by her brainwashed group
That cannot tell she’s lyin’
They will take her crap and eat it up
For auld lang syne

Sarah just loves to spread that fear
Amongst her right wing kind
And she’ll pontificate without a thought
In her old lame whine

Just an old lame whine, my dear
Just an old lame whine
Palin is not done whining yet
She has an old lame whine

Just an old lame whine, my dear
Just an old lame whine
Palin is not done whining yet
She has an old lame whine

Tuesday Night Music Byte

In honor of the Boston Bruins’ historic Winter Classic hockey game to be played outdoors at Fenway Park at 1:00 pm EST on New Year’s Day, we thought it would be appropriate to feature a Boston band that are also Bruins (and Red Sox) fans.

Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts. First playing together in the basement of a friend’s barbershop, they blended traditional folk rock and punk rock known as Celtic punk. Their influences include Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, The Clash, Thin Lizzy, The Dubliners, Hot Water Music, and the Swingin’ Utters.

The band has made a name for itself and built a following as a result of their non-stop touring all over the world and their St. Patrick’s Day weekend shows, which are held in and around Boston. The group is also well-known for their patronage of Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins games.

The song “Time To Go” was written about the Boston Bruins, and the band performed the song live at the Fleet Center at a Bruins game during intermission at a November 2003 game. For the 2004 baseball season the band released a re-working of an old Boston Red Sox song, “Tessie”. “Tessie” would be used in the major motion picture Fever Pitch and was included on the EA Sports MVP Baseball 2005 soundtrack. The band was invited to the Fever Pitch premiere of the movie which was held at Fenway Park where the video was also shot. The song continues to be played at Red Sox games along with Dirty Water after games the team wins.

“I’m Shipping Up to Boston”, is a song that was inspired by a Woody Guthrie poem the band found in his archives also called “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” which is featured in the 2006 Academy Award winning film The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs (Scorsese mentioned the band in an interview after he won his first Oscar). Two videos, one with and without footage from The Departed were made in response to the overwhelming response to the band’s new hit song. The song was also featured in The Simpsons episode “The Debarted.” “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” became the walk-out song of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who would dance an Irish jig to the song several times throughout the 2007 Red Sox Championship season. During the team’s victory parade, Papelbon did the jig while the Murphys played the song on the same float.

Please enjoy, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”.